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San Diego County Water Authority Dedicates $150K To Efficiency Program

A sign on SDG&E's headquarters appears in this undated photo.
Nicholas McVicker
A sign on SDG&E's headquarters appears in this undated photo.

The San Diego County Water Authority Wednesday announced expanded funding for a partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric that increases the availability of devices that save water and energy for thousands of income-qualified residents.

The Water Authority is investing an additional $150,000 into SDG&E's Energy Savings Assistance Program, which funds the purchase of devices like low- flow showerheads and efficiency washing machines.

"We are committed to helping the San Diego region make the most of our water supplies inside and outside their homes through a variety of innovative projects and programs," said Mark Muir, chair of the Water Authority's Board of Directors. "By joining forces with SDG&E, we maximize our impact and benefit families that otherwise might not be able to afford these environmentally friendly upgrades."


More than 21,000 residents have participated in the program, according to the Water Authority.

Eligibility for the program is based on income, household size and participation in public assistance programs. Generally speaking, a family of four may be eligible for the program if it earns a combined maximum income of $50,200.

The Water Authority's new contribution to the program will come from the agency's operating budget and conservation funds from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.